Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 15 December 2020
The Chief of the Civil House, Francisco Maria de Vasconcelos, thanked the Chinese government for its contribution to the improvement of living conditions for the people of Timor-Leste through the Office of the Spouse of the President of the Republic.
The cooperation ties between the Presidency of the Republic and the Chinese Government enable the First Lady to continue to work in the area of social welfare, notably combating malnutrition, assisting the most vulnerable, promoting campaigns against domestic violence, supporting economic initiatives by women’s groups, and providing training to women in situations of vulnerability.
The Chinese government, through its diplomatic representative in Timor-Leste, Mr Xiao Jianguo, donated US$15,000 to the Office of the Spouse of the President of the Republic for social programs that benefit women, children, and persons with special needs, primarily focussed on education and finance.
This contribution is part of the Chinese government’s commitment to support the activity of the First Lady for a period of two years (2018–2020) in projects in the area of social welfare for women, children, persons in situations of vulnerability, and persons with special needs.
The amount now provided is only part of the US$150,000 that the Chinese government agreed to give the Office.
The Chinese Embassy in Timor-Leste and the Office of the Spouse of the President of the Republic have pledged to work together to reduce poverty in the country.
The Chinese diplomat took the opportunity to express his appreciation for the important work that the First Lady has been developing and said he felt honoured to be able to support ‘this very noble mission’. The government of China and the Office of the Spouse of the President of the Republic maintain friendly relations. This latest show of support is part of an existing cooperation agreement.